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Driving safely on busy highways

Driver Improvement Courses

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The National Safety Council's Defensive Driving courses are state approved driver improvement programs for the states of New Hampshire and Maine. These courses are also recognized by many insurance companies for discounts; check with your provider! 


NSC Defensive Driving Courses teach drivers how to recognize and react to immediate and potential hazardous driving situations and conditions. Our instructor-led courses provide collision prevention strategies and defensive driving techniques that focus on behavior, judgement, decision making and consequences.

Important Notes:
  • Pre-registration is required. Classes do fill, so early registration is encouraged. Payment must accompany registration.

  • Please use your current MAILING ADDRESS when registering. Our office will mail you a student workbook prior to the class date and your certificate of completion will be mailed to the address you provide at registration. 

  • Certificates are mailed to attendees within 3 business days after successful completion of the course. The student is responsible for submitting the certificate of completion to the state for point reduction credit.

  • Attendees from New Hampshire and Maine qualify to receive a 3 point "reduction" after completing a state approved driver improvement course. Demerit points are NOT removed from your driving record. When you submit your certificate of course completion to the state, 3 points will no longer count towards suspension.

Driver Improvement Course Price: $60

You may pre-register by clicking one of the class dates listed below or contact our office at (603) 228-1401. We accept all major credit cards and debit cards. If you register for a class and fail to attend or complete the class, you may register again for one future class at no additional cost; otherwise you must register with full payment again.

Attitudinal Dynamics of Driving

(A State-Approved Driver Improvement Course)

This 6 hour National Safety Council course is approved by the State of NH for Driver Improvement, Driver Attitude, and Habitual Offender requirements.

This highly interactive course engages students in relearning road rules. Exercises explain the connection between choices and consequences, and help the student develop a plan to change their driving choices and behaviors.

NSC's DDC Attitudinal Dynamics of Driving Student Workbook


For virtual classes a student workbook will be mailed to the address you provide when you register. Please be sure to submit your correct mailing address. A ZOOM login link will be e-mailed to you a few days prior to the class date. Your certificate of completion will be mailed to you after you have completed the course. Students are responsible for submitting the certificate to the agency they are working with (the DMV, a court, etc.)


PLEASE NOTE:  A webcam and microphone are mandatory for this class as your visual presence and class participation are required. We strongly recommend NOT using a cellphone to attend this virtual class. Cell phone Audio / Video is unreliable for a class of this length and calls are regularly dropped. If you use a cell phone and your signal fails, you will be required to retake the class from the beginning. If you have any questions, please contact our office:

  • Plan on arriving early. Please allow yourself enough time to trouble shoot any computer or audio issues you may have prior to the class start time. All participants MUST be on time for the start of the class and return promptly from breaks in order to receive credit for the course.


(Please be sure to submit your correct mailing address when registering!)


Vehicle crashes are the #1 cause of death for people between the ages of 16 and 24. The National Safety Council, a leader in driver improvement training for more than 40 years, developed DDC-Alive at 25 to specifically target drivers in this age group. The Alive at 25 Program is approved by the state of Maine for suspended license reinstatement.

PLEASE NOTE:  All in-person Alive at 25 classes have been suspended during the Coronavirus pandemic. The state of Maine has recently approved LIVE  Virtual classroom sessions which will be conducted over ZOOM.

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Defensive Driving Course (DDC)

(Driver Improvement Course)


(This 6 hour National Safety Council course is approved by State of NH for Driver Improvement only. This course does not meet requirements for Driver Attitude or Habitual Offender courses)

If required to take a NH state-approved Driver Improvement course, please attend the Attitudinal Dynamics of Driving Course to meet the requirement.

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Buker Community Center - 22 Armory Street, Augusta, Maine

  • Next class- TBD

The state of Maine will also accept this online course for point reduction.

**NOTE: This online course does NOT meet New Hampshire state requirements for point reduction.

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6/8 Hour Driver Improvement Course - Maine

Watch a Video Segment from one of our Defensive Driving Courses


Pre-registration and payment for Driver Improvement classes is encouraged as classes do fill up. The NSC-NEC reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule classes due to insufficient enrollments. In the event of inclement weather, the NSC-NEC will notify all pre-registered students via e-mail of the class cancellation. Cancellations will also be posted on this Driver Improvement page of our website. If a class is cancelled, each pre-registered student will need to notify NSC-NEC as to which alternative upcoming class you would like to attend and your registration and payment will be transferred to that class.

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